A top Welsh Government (WG) official has said he expects ‘business casualties’ from the twin pressures of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic.
David Morris, deputy head of the food division in WG, said Ministers may increase the support available to food businesses over the coming years as a result.
His comments came shortly after Defra’s director general for food and farming, David Kennedy, claimed the ‘vast majority’ of English farms would survive the loss of direct payments.
Speaking at a Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) seminar on supply chains at the virtual Royal Welsh Show, Mr Morris said: “There is a perfect storm which is building.
“We are still dealing with the effects of Covid-19, and now we have EU exit coming down the tracks rapidly.
“We are very conscious that both of these huge challenges are going to present difficulties for food businesses and the food chain in Wales.
“The likelihood is there will be business casualties along the way. We want to minimise the number of casualties; we want to help businesses be really resilient so they can withstand the challenges thrown at them by these two big issues.”
Mr Morris went on to say English food businesses are ‘jealous’ of the support their counterparts get in Wales.
His team is responsible for putting together a strategy for the Welsh food industry.